US multi-faith service to pray for Mandela

BY: Isaac Yeboah

Former President Nelson Mandela is receiving both national and global support.(REUTERS)Leaders of various religions will gather on June 16 in Nevada (USA) for a multi-faith service to pray for Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela who is struggling in a Pretoria hospital.
Jointly organized by Rehoboth Holy Temple (RHT) of Church of God in Christ and Universal Society of Hinduism, it will include prayers and reflections by Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist leaders.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who is one of the organisers, says that various religions are joining in prayer for Mandela’s recovery, who set a milestone for the world with his efforts in pluralism, common ground, equality, colour-blindness and coexistence.

RHT Bishop Luther J. DuPree Junior will preside.

Mandela has spent a seventh night in the Mediclinic Heart Hospital, in Pretoria, where he was admitted last Saturday for a recurring lung infection.

President Jacob Zuma says Mandela's condition is improving but remains serious. Prayers have been held outside the hospital with a group of children and locals lingering around the media camped at one of the hospital's two entrances as well. Zuma has appealed to people to keep Madiba in their thoughts and prayers.

Mandela's granddaughter, Tukwini Mandela, has also been seen arriving at the Pretoria hospital where Madiba is being treated.


Security remained tight at the hospital on Friday night, with police checking all vehicles entering the facility.


Source: SABC